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TAKE THIS CLASS!! 100% for my psych majors who need a low stress class/GPA booster. No exams, no homework except 2 readings per class period that range from ~1-7 pages each. Your grade heavily relies on group work; you get together to answer questions in a group which I found kind of fun! The only cons is the optional paper isn't really optional as you need to do it to get an A, but honestly it was super manageable (2-3 pages) and the fact that other students grade you and sometimes people would rate you low even if you participated. Nonetheless I ended up getting an A+ by doing the paper, extra credit, and completing questions with my team (you can miss 3 days of class no penalty!) prof Johnson is also super amazing! Accommodating and so funny!
This class was alright. You have to go to lecture and work in small groups of 5-6 to answer questions on some assigned articles to read previously. However, in order to get an A or A+ you have to do the SONA extra credit as well as get points on an optional grant proposal graded out of 10. That was probably the most annoying part of the class, as well as the fact that sometimes your groupmates will grade you lower (most of your grade is based on participation, responses, and peer review) even though you did everything you could. For the most part though, everyone works well and does their part in group work, and the class is relatively low-stress.
If you're looking for a low stress class that has interesting material (if you're interested in developmental psych), take this class with Prof. Johnson. Participation matters, but all you need to do is work with a group of about 4-5 students to answer 5 questions twice a week, and grading is also fair. Your grade also depends on what the other students rate you as, but as long as you worked on your question well and helped members that were having trouble with theirs, you should have no issue getting full marks. You do need to complete SONA studies and a research proposal in order to get an A or higher in this class, but most students finished both of these in less than 2 days if you grasp the material well and have experience writing a psych paper (kind of like a watered-down PSYCH 100B intro). Overall, a great class I didn't need to worry about!
It's Week 4 and I decided to drop this class, cuz I simply can't go on anymore lol...
Dr. Johnson is a good lecturer and very passionate about the subject. However, I find the material we go through in this class very very dry and boring... To be honest, 90% of the time, I don't understand the significance of the studies we go through. I recall there's often sentences like "this is the first study that xxxxxxxx", oh, well, maybe it's because no one thinks it's important. As one of the psych/cogsci undergraduates who don't have a lot experience in developmental psychology, I'm not saying those articles are actually pointless, I'm just saying it's hard for me to see the importance in them.
There's no exams in this class, total of 103 points—90 points from class activity (attendance, peer review, and combined group answers), 10 points from the (optional) paper, and 3 points from (optional) extra credit. To be honest, I'm very grateful that Dr. Johnson designed a class that doesn't require exams.
HOWEVER, the 90 points of class activity is really my least favorite part, while also the major part of the class. You will be assigned to a group of 7-8 people, and discuss about a question then write response. It's literally IMPOSSIBLE to have a discussion with 8 people in a auditorium class room. Plus, you will be rated anonymously by your peers based on how prepared you are and whether you've made contribution to the discussion. Like, I can't really hear people who sit farther at all, and I can't remember all their names... They change the group every 2 weeks, and the peer review grade only gets posted after you are assigned to a new group.Usually, people are kind and give everyone 10/10, but when they don't, it's hard to track who is the specific person to have you peer review score revised. If you've taken social psych, you know things like social evaluation stresses people out, and you get put into constant worries that other people have given you a low score. I don't like it one bit.
This is indeed an easy A class, but it's not for everyone. I wish everyone good luck!!!
I wish there was more classes like this at UCLA. No exams, you get to interact with each other during class, and the professor is down to earth. On top of all of that it's probably one of the easiest psych classes, so take it!
Professor Johnson is one of the best Psychology professors! I really enjoyed the class (even though I may have fallen asleep several times, but I do this in EVERY class unfortunately...) if you are interested in developmental psychology, this is the best class to take as it gives you an introduction to it and is not overwhelming. It was a fairly easy class, just make sure you pay attention to lectures as most of the exam questions are from here. There are several odd-ball questions from the reading book, and honestly, I did not read but skimmed it and still managed to get an A-. This may be because he does drop your lowest score if I remember correctly, and there is a generous curve. My FAVORITE PART OF CLASS was when he showed us video clips of the experiments he was talking about. He also likes to show graphs. If you are a visual person, this class is great since he incorporates visuals. Great class! I would definitely recommend. He is also a very funny and SARCASTIC guy. His jokes are funny and he is even great if you have him for his honors discussion for this class. Unfortunately, I had to drop it, but my friend said he shared a lot about his personal life and it was just fun to listen to it and get to know the professor outside of lecture.
I'm sure he's great in lecture classes, but I took his lab and it was a different story. I heard 131 was supposed to be really easy, but it was NOT - we had to write way too much compared to other lab classes. I also heard he was supposed to be an easy grader, but that was not the case either :/ He also comes off as kind of arrogant. I would avoid if possible, or if you want to take 131 do it with Greenfield or Sandhofer. I do not recommend taking lab with him.
I liked Professor Johnson a lot. He's funny, entertaining, and loves to integrate his own experience with his kids into the learning. The text wasn't emphasized as much as lecture so I suggest GO TO LECTURE, but you don't necessarily have to read the book (it helps though). His lectures were interesting because he would focus on a concept and teach the relevant experiments that went along with it and what they found etc. This is what I view psychology as. I recommend taking his class I got an A, with two of my tests 32/33 and one 33/33, super easy.
I loved this class, and so will you!
There are no tests (long story, you can ask him why he did that). All you do it read 2 articles for each class and then you meet with a group to answer a question that he assigns. Your grade is based on your participation in the group (your group members rate you from 1-10), your grade on your group response (from the TA), and two papers which are about 2-3 pages max. Don't worry so much about the group ratings, everyone ends up giving each other 10s for the most part. He also offers 3 extra credit points. You will learn a lot and have fun; Professor Johnson cares a lot about his students and he is absolutely the BEST!